Rain was promised for November 14th parkrun and unfortunately delivered on that promise. It was a wet morning but that did not deter the 170 runners who made it to St. Annes for their weekly fix of parkrun, or the run director who was quite happy under his umbrella.
We welcomed the Forget the Gym running chicks and the Irish Life 5k graduation runners. And the Evening Herald were there to capture the spirit and magic of parkrun. Get a copy of Monday's paper for the article. We will also post to the facebook page.
We had visitors from Hastings, Wimbledon and London who were very welcome with one of the Wimbledon runners making St. Annes his 84th different parkrun, an amazing achievement in itself. It is great to hear parkrun tourists loving the park and getting a new pb too.
A massive thank you to the volunteers who braved the rain to allow the run take place, we would be lost without them. For those of you who have not experienced the joy of volunteering please step forward as it is your run and we are all responsible for keeping it going.
Thank you all for your understanding with regard to the results. They may not have been up to our normal speed but it was an issue beyond our control.
See you all next Saturday, 9.20 at the finish area for the briefing. Good news, good weather is expected, so get out and volunteer or run, just be there.
Richie (Run Director)
The statistics are below -
Cillian O'LEARY (VM35-39) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first over the line in 15:53 - 5th time in 5 appearances.
Paul Cowhie was second.
David GRANGE (VM40-44) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was third over the line in 17:44 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ollie POWER (Unattached) 634 pts.
Declan ROBINSON (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 578 pts.
Alan O' FLYNN (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 548 pts.
Orla MANLEY (SW20-24) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first (18th overall) over the line in 20:28 - first time in 2 appearances.
Aileen HOOPER (SW30-34) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 21:10 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Laura MORROGH (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (34th overall) over the line in 22:02.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gillian KENNY (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 730 pts.
Una CHERRY (Garda Athletic Club) 657 pts.
Adrienne ATKINS (Unattached) 642 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mary LYNCH (VW60-64) was graded 87.36% for the time 23:12 (57th overall).
Cillian O'LEARY (VM35-39) was graded 83.00% for the time 15:53 (first overall).
Brian KELLY (VM45-49) was graded 79.39% for the time 18:26 (6th overall).
This week there were 170 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.
St Annes parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 4,893 different runners, including participants from 163 athletics clubs, have completed 24,558 runs covering a total distance of 122,790 km, and there have been 5,459 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Aoife TALTY who ran in a time of 00:16:51 on 2013-09-28 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Mark KIRWAN who ran in a time of 00:15:03 on 2014-07-26 (event number 41).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mick TRAYNOR who recorded a 91.78% run (15:49) on 28th September 2013 (event number 1).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the St Annes parkrun Results Page.